Supreme Court has allowed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to incur expenses of Rs 58.66 lakhs in order to efficiently host the first Test of the series against England. The first Test had come under trouble earlier in the day when BCCI had sought Supreme Court’s intervention with no funds available to pay for bills for the visiting England team. BCCI was barred from disbursing funds after being rapped by the court for non-compliance with the Lodha panel reforms.
Additionally, the court has asked the Lodha panel to appoint an auditor at the earliest to examine BCCI’s account amid claims it was unable to host the Test or the series properly in the absence of funds.
Supreme Court has, thus, empowered Lodha panel to appoint experts to vet all BCCI contracts in relation to the 2017 cricket season.
In more clarification on the order, the court has directed BCCI to pay the parties directly and no funds will be disbursed to Saurashtra Cricket Association.
This relief continues till December 3 where the board is allowed to use the same arrangement of incurring expenses for the upcoming matches in the India vs England series.
In the plea filed earlier, the Amicus and the Lodha panel believed BCCI was in contempt of court for not following the directives handed out.
Both teams are already in Rajkot and undergoing the final practices before the first of the five Tests. There were reports earlier where BCCI had asked the England Cricket Board (ECB) had asked the visitors to foot the bill until funds were made available for hotel stay, travel and other arrangements.
BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke had raised doubts over hosting of the series despite ECB agreeing to pay for the expenses and the spokesperson suggesting the series was going ahead as planned.